DEADSTREAM MOVIE REVIEW
The found footage genre is a rare treat when it’s done well. A lot of times, like any movie, there’s an overuse of tropes and easy to use plot enhancers, and sometimes creating drama when there is none. Not so with today’s film, Deadstream. Co-Written, Co-Directed, and Starring Joseph Winter, Deadstream follows Shawn Ruddy and his attempt to win back his online followers after a stunt went bad. Shawn has decided to spend the night in a haunted house, and plans to stream the entire thing. With a new sponsor on the line, Shawn is fighting for his financial survival… Which is moot by the time you get to the 2nd act, because guess what?! This house is definitely haunted, and now Shawn has to engage his fears/insecurities head-on. Deadstream is funny, corny, gory… basically all the descriptors for Evil Dead II. Go watch this film, the creators obviously spent a lot of time making this as cool as possible. Melina, Chad, Matt, and Lewayne all give their blessings for this movie, so I say again, watch Deadstream.
Listen to the SXSW review with Wright and Chris as well right here
DIRECTED BY: Joseph and Vanessa Winter
STARRING: Joseph Winter, Melanie Stone
Chad Halvorsen (Screener Squad)
Chad Halvorsen currently resides in Milwaukee, WI, where he produces and edits commercials, films, and everything in between. He was always a fan of film/television growing up, spending days in the Summer, making (terrible) home movies with his brothers. Little did he know that passion would carry on into adulthood. Since 2006, Chad has worked for several agencies in various departments. Shooting, producing, editing, production management, directing, and when forced to, writing copy. In 2015, Chad decided to take the big leap and become a freelancer. Since then, he’s produced content for Lyft, AT&T, Target, and Discovery Network. His passion lies in entertaining people, making them feel better, even for a moment. All the pain and suffering of this business is worth it, if even just one person views his work. Chad is a frequent podcaster, most notably posing as a co-host for the podcast “The Film Illogical Society.”
Melina Eames (Screener Squad)
Melina first discovered that she carried the nerd gene at the tender age of four following her exposure to a little film called A New Hope. In the twenty-some years that followed, Melina continued to grow into her geek identity through the discovery of Batman, Mst3k, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and The Mandalorian. But perhaps her most significant discovery came at the age of fourteen when a night of YouTube mining led her to the review site of Spill.com. Melina became a devoted follower whose fandom did not end with the site’s demise. By then, it had worked its dark magic and left her with a love and appreciation for film criticism that she has yet to shrug.
Matt Foster (Screener Squad)
Matt Foster is a stand up comic, podcaster, and movie critic currently living in the greater Salt Lake City area. His lifelong love of genre film began early, when he realized they freaked out his mom. He performs (epidemics permitting) regularly on Dungeons and Comedy, a DND live play with standup comedians, and is the slightly less mustache-y half of the Nighthawks Podcast, a cinema-centric discussion cohosted by Trevor T. Trujillo.
Lewayne White (Screener Squad)
Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.
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